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Old May 17th, 2006, 05:34 PM
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300 Tdi towing capacity?

I have a D-110 with a 300 Tdi and I'm wondering about its trailer towing capacity. Anyone have any numbers or personal experiences? As it is now, I have no towing hitch on the rear bumper, but I have found a buddy with a free NAS style bumper if I pay the shipping. Anyway, I just bought a new boat and i'm wondering how much of a bitch it's going to be for my 110 to pull it. The boat/trailer combo if close to 4000lbs more or less. I'm also running the stock spring/shock combo and 31" tires.
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Old May 17th, 2006, 07:47 PM
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Tate did it with his, he pulled the 90 on a trailer, it was slow as hell and he said it felt undergeared, I would imagine gearing would help that, If you are just dragging it around Tampa I would say do it.
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Old May 17th, 2006, 07:55 PM
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I remember Tate pulling that thing to Mar. I was behind him most of the way, and it WAS slow as hell. I don't anticipate pulling the boat any more than 2 or 3 hours at a time at the most. And I really don't want to get into regearing it.

If it won't pull the boat, I probably consider selling it. The truck, that is....not the boat.
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yup it was slow, but got the job done keep in mind he was probably towing another 1500lbs over your 4k, lets see the boat big spender.
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19' Mako Center Console. Not that big of a deal, but so far I love it. Perfect for inshore and light offshore. Can't wait to start baggin some Snook. Here's a pic I got online.
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Unfortunantly, I think the towing capacity of a TDi is about maxed out at the 110, with nothing behind it! If your main purpose of this truck is to tow, I would sell it. Good luck.
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Old May 17th, 2006, 08:24 PM
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I'm going to get the tow bumper shipped and installed and see what happens. Since moving back home to Florida and starting a family, I'm beginning to accept the harsh reality that 4-wheeling as I once knew it is becoming a thing of the past. Plugging around in swamps and deep water is fun for about 20 minutes and then not so much. I just don't anticipate doing nearly as much 4 wheeling as I used to. Not for some time anyway.

Anyway...the truck won't be used primarily as a tow vehicle, but it at least should be able to tow it if need be. If not, I'll have to get something that can.
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Official towing capacity of a 110 is 3500kgs which works out at 7700lbs in your money.
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Tom,
I have pulled my 27 foot Ocean Master, if I recall it weighs 6500 lbs plus the trailer.
It is tough on the truck, but it can be done for short distance as long as you stay if flat florida.

Any slight hill then I had to go to low range to get up....even in flat Wilmington. The hill leaving West Marine (you remember?) at the stop light was a bastard. As soon as I got going the light would turn red on me.

Then again, my 110 was a homebrew, I don't know for sure it was tuned optimally....(throttle adjustments, and gas/boost)

You should be fine....it will tell you if its to much...

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Thanks, B. I haven't adjusted my gas/boost yet, but I'm anxious to do so. Just a little apprehensive. Our 2000 Toyota Land Cruiser pulls the boat ok now, but you can totally tell that it's back there. It has all time 4 wheel drive and a big V8. That's what has me concerned. Guess I'll just have to try it and see.
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I've had a 90 on a heavy trailer hitched to the back of the 110 no probs, the 90 weighs in at 2000 kg- thats 4400lbs ish and the trailer was no light weight either. You got a 1.22 transfer or 1.44 transfer box?
The 1.44 is the one you need for towing (it's the standard gearing for a tdi)
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Awesome, thanks Mike. I feel encouraged. Now if Souza will just ship me the damn bumper...
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Glad to have helped. My 110 would tow at the legal max with that sort of weight - 60 mph
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